It is not a method of pain relief! It is a full antenatal education programme designed to be practised in preparation for giving birth, allowing you to work with your body and help you achieve the birth you want.
Hypnobirthing will provide you with both the knowledge and the tools to let go of fears and anxieties surrounding childbirth, and instead focus on building positivity and confidence. It will change your perceptions of birth from the painful, unmanageable ordeal that society has programmed women to expect, to the instinctive, gentle and empowering experience that birth should be - one where your body does exactly what it was designed to do!
It involves learning life-changing skills including deep relaxation/self-hypnosis, visualisation and breathing techniques alongside a sound knowledge of labour and birth physiology, physical preparation and the all-important role of your birth partner.
The programme is made up of lots of logical, simple, practical elements, which together put you in control of your experience and will make a profound difference to how comfortably, safely and peacefully you birth your baby.
The fact that you are here researching Hypnobirthing classes means that you are already making fantastic choices in your pregnancy! Hypnobirth with Little Passengers and make a big difference to birth for you and your baby...
“Hypnobirthing is soundly based on established medical knowledge.”
The seeds were first sown with the work of eminent obstetrician Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. He witnessed a homebirth in the slums of the London docks in 1913, where the mother refused any pain relief, giving birth quickly and apparently comfortably. Grantly Dick-Read was truly amazed.
When he asked afterwards why she refused the pain relief, the mother commented “It didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to was it, Doctor?” This experience was defining, and after a career of working on the battle field and in hospitals he theorised that fear was the overriding cause that led to pain in childbirth. In his well-regarded book “Childbirth Without Fear”, he hypothesised that when you are fearful, you tense up and the natural birth process is inhibited, becoming longer and more painful.
Over the years these theories have been fully vindicated with research into how hormones work during childbirth. Grantly Dick-Read's principles have been further developed by a number of natural birth practitioners, with Hypnobirthing being the most notable and widely practised.
Today Hypnobirthing is known by every midwife in the UK and many have trained in KG Hypnobirthing, including professors of midwifery and NHS heads of midwifery. It is practised internationally and is rapidly spreading throughout the world. Join us in spreading the positivity of KG Hypnobirthing in Bristol and Somerset!